17% of total population now using 3G, 4G in Pakistan

With the arrival of 3G and 4G services in Pakistan, people have started taking a keen interest in smartphones and the internet, and just in two years, 17 percent of the total population is already using 3G and 4G LTE, according to the chairman PTA.

Chairman PTA was speaking on the occasion of Internet Exchange Point (IXP), which has been organized by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority from 18 April to 22 April.

“Owing to the introduction of the latest technologies such as 3G /4G exponential growth has been seen in broadband users. 30 million users (17% of the total population) are already using 3G and 4G in Pakistan,” said Dr. Syed Ismail Shah, Chairman PTA.

He also said that PTA has always encouraged new ideas and supported initiatives for the improvement of the telecom sector. Setting up of IXP is one such new initiative which will help in improving internet access, business environmental and local content.

The workshop is aimed at looking into the idea of setting IXP in Pakistan.

On this occasion, international experts of IXP from US and Australia Ms. Jane Coffin Director (Business Strategies), ISOC and Mr. Philip Smith, Consultant Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC), highlighted different aspects of IXP i.e. technical perspectives, global landscape, best practices & regional perspective, legal aspects, dispute resolution and cost Issues.

It may be added that an Internet Exchange Point (IXP) is a physical infrastructure through which Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Contact Delivery Networks (CDNs) exchange internet traffic between their networks (autonomous systems). The primary purpose of an IXP is to allow networks to interconnect directly, via the exchange, rather than through one or more third-party networks.

Chairman PTA, Dr. Syed Ismail, Member (Finance) PTA, Mr. Tariq Sultan,  Member (Compliance & Enforcement)PTA Mr. Abdul Samad were present on the occasion. IT & telecom industry experts, representatives of telecom companies, ISPs and HEC attended the workshop.

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